Judge temporarily blocks publication of revealing book of President Trump's niece


The ruling, issued by New York State Supreme Court Justice Hal B. Greenwald, is the first legal victory for Robert S. Trump, the president's younger brother, who has tried to block Mary Trump's book, The the president's niece, claiming she violates a confidentiality agreement related to the estate of the president's father, Fred Trump.

"Robert Trump is very pleased with the New York Supreme Court injunction against Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster," said Charles Harder, an attorney for Robert Trump, in a statement.

By calling the actions of Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster "reprehensible," Harder added that he hoped to "vigorously litigate this case."

"In the absence of corrective measures to immediately stop his heinous behavior, we will continue this case to the end," said Harder.

In addition to his work for Robert Trump, Harder has a history of filing lawsuits against news organizations on behalf of President Trump. The lawsuits have been dismissed by legal experts as public relations stunts with little chance of success in court.

Ted Boutrous, a renowned First Amendment attorney representing Mary Trump and who has also represented CNN in matters in the past, said the order "flatly violates the First Amendment."

"We will immediately appeal," Boutrous said. "This book, which addresses issues of great public interest and importance about a practicing president in the election year, should not be suppressed for even a day."

Adam Rothberg, a spokesman for Simon & Schuster, said in a statement that the company was "disappointed" in the court's decision.

"We plan to immediately appeal this decision to the Appeals Division, and hope to prevail in this case based on well-established precedents regarding the prior restriction," said Rothberg.

Simon & Schuster describes Mary Trump's book, "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Most Dangerous Man in the World," as a "revealing and authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that created him."

The book, the publisher says, will shed "a bright light on his family's dark history to explain how his uncle became the man who now threatens the health, economic security and social fabric of the world."

Tuesday's ruling comes after a New York Queens County Substitute Court judge last week dismissed a similar attempt to block the book, citing a lack of jurisdiction.

After that case was dismissed, Robert Trump brought his case to the New York State Supreme Court.

Robert Trump has argued that, as part of litigation related to Fred Trump's will, an agreement was reached that included a confidentiality provision. That provision, argued Robert Trump, was agreed by all parties, including Mary Trump.

The Trump administration recently took legal action in an attempt to block the revealing book by John Bolton, the former national security adviser.

But a federal judge denied the Justice Department motion, writing in its decision that Bolton's book had already been widely distributed and that the court "would not order the seizure and destruction of a political memory at the national level."


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